LDP's Tanigaki backs 2015 sales tax hike

Sep 13, 2014

LDP's Tanigaki backs 2015 sales tax hike

Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Sadakazu Tanigaki made clear his belief on Saturday that the government should raise the consumption tax rate again, to 10 percent in October 2015, as planned. “We should not put off things in the broad direction,” Tanigaki said during a ...

Who's at the table for Abe's reshuffle?

| Aug 18, 2014

Who's at the table for Abe's reshuffle?

by Reiji Yoshida

Rumors and speculation are swirling in Nagata-cho, Japan’s political nerve center. The hot topic: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to reshuffle the Cabinet and the leadership of his Liberal Democratic Party next month. Why is Abe planning to shake up the Cabinet now? Who ...

Diet members depart for overseas for research trips

Jul 23, 2014

Diet members depart for overseas for research trips

Many Upper House lawmakers will set out for official summer trips abroad, about one month earlier than last year as the regular Diet session wrapped up late last month without extension. Last year’s official summer trips overseas were concentrated in August partly because of ...